I am trying to understand what type of saddle I need to fit my horse. I haven't had any luck with trying saddles form saddle shops because there ain't hardly any around. Only like a feed store or two that doesn't have much to choose from. I really wanting to order one...but I am so confused about the bar types and what I need. Jeffers Equine catalog says: Semi QH bars are 6.5" gullet, the most common tree, for medium back, descent wither and often mixed blood horse. They say Regular QH bars 6.75" Often works for horses that are hard to fit, They are between semi and Full QH bars. Full QH bars...I won't even bother because I know I don't need full.
But it sounds like it works up from most narrow to most wide. Like semi would be the most narrow. Plus many barrel saddles are semi QH bars and I hear that my breed of horse it pretty popular among barrel racers, Thoroughbred/QH. But anyways, I sent these pics to a saddle shop online and the guys said that semi QH bars would slide side to side on this horse, and he recommeneded regular QH bars with a more narrow gullet like 6.5" regular QH bars. So now I'm just thoroughly confused. Why would semi bars not be the thing. Beacuse I think the saddle I have now (in the pic) is probably 6 3/4" gullet. And I need something much more narrow!
Here is a link to the pics of my horses back. It's in the other thread I started where I am getting info on getting her weight up.
Questions about nutrition and weight.
Also below is a pic of how my saddle I have now fits. Horrible Fit!!! I have to use two pads just to squeak by.
So I always thought narrow, tall, thinner withers, Semi QH bars. Slightly wider shorter more square shoulders, regular QH bars. Full QH bars for low withered very wide and blocky broad backed horses. Help...